Killers | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

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Bizarre and gleefully sadistic, John Olive's deranged noir is what might have resulted if David Lynch and John Webster had ever collaborated on a trashy dark comedy. Set in the 1950s, the play revolves around a writer of pulp fiction living in a run-down boardinghouse filled with desperate, half-mad lowlifes who could have crawled from the pages of his own crime stories. This highly entertaining production, directed by Robert Breuler (who played the writer in a 1988 Steppenwolf staging), revels in the story's seediness. The actors manage to emit a kind of dissolute charm even as their characters reveal themselves to be every bit as mean and squalid as their surroundings. Through 4/9: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan, 773-871-0442, $18-$22.

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